Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Local newsroom veterans Mike Smith and Mike Throne to discuss relevancy of the First Amendment

Local professional journalists Mike Smith and Mike Throne will discuss “The Relevancy of the First Amendment” at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 17 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the OU-C Cultural Committee and commemorates Constitution Day.

Smith is news director, sports director and operations manager of WBEX/WCHI/WKKJ/WQLX Radio in Chillicothe as well as WCHO AM & FM in Washington Court House. He has been named Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year four times and AP News Anchor of the Year once. An Adena High School graduate, he has been with the local stations for approximately 35 years. Smith began his broadcast career doing play-by-play of area high school games for a local cable TV station. He then worked for the Waverly radio station before joining WCHI in 1980 and WBEX the following year.

Throne is regional managing editor of the Chillicothe Gazette. This past year, he earned third place in editorial writing in the Ohio Associated Press Editors Awards, and the newspaper’s newsroom staff garnered 11 awards. Throne joined the Gazette in 1997 as a local news editor. A year later, he was named managing editor and became the lead manager over the Gazette’s staff. In 2005, he was named general manager and, in 2013, he was named regional managing editor over four sites. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, he began his newspaper career with his hometown newspaper, The Sandusky Register.

Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day, recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution on the date the document was signed into law in 1787. The law establishing the holiday was passed in 2004, and the first official observance occurred the following year.

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